Karen

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Danish Karen.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Karen

  1. A female given name. First taken up as a given name in the U.S.A., and popular in the English-speaking world from the 1950s to the 1970s.
    • 1878 Celia Thaxter, Drift-Weed, Houghton, Osgood,1878, page 28 ("Karen"):
      Left you a lover in that far land, / O Karen sad, that you pine so long! / Would I could unravel and understand / That sorrowful, sweet Norwegian song!
    • 1918 Cecily Ullman Sidgwick, Karen, W.Collins, 1918, page 12:
      I was not called Karen after Hans Andersen's dancing girl, but after a Danish friend of my mother's who married an Englishman and was my godmother. So much for our family affairs.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Burmese ကရင် (ka.rang, wild, low-caste man).

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Karen

  1. A group of languages of Myanmar and Thailand.

External links[edit]

Ethnologue report on the Karen languages

Etymology 3[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Karen

  1. A transliteration of the Armenian male given name Կարեն.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A medieval variant of Katharina (Catherine).

Proper noun[edit]

Karen

  1. A female given name.

References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 83 320 females with the given name Karen have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1910s. Accessed on 19 May 2011.

German[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

Karen

  1. A female given name borrowed from Danish Karen.

Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʰaːrɛ(ː)n/

Proper noun[edit]

Karen f

  1. A female given name

Declension[edit]

Sometimes also Karen in accusative and dative.


Norwegian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Karen

  1. A female given name of Danish origin.